March 26, 2016
In this post, Victor explains why he likes living in Puerto Armuelles, Panama.
He also gives advice to people thinking of living in Panama.
Originally, Victor said all of this in a video. However, Victor does not like the fame the video has given him, especially people recognizing him. He asked me to take the video down. I kept the interview transcription below.
Victor – “Why do I like Puerto Armuelles?
It’s peaceful. It is like Hawaii 40 – 50 years ago and I needed that kind of life. I drove down here, me and my dog and a few things and I’ve been here 2 and a half years now.
It is a great place. Puerto Armuelles is, like I said, like Hawaii 40-50 years ago. And that is what I wanted to find.
Some people like outside of Panama City, which is more like resorts and condos. If I wanted that, I might have well moved to Hawaii or California.
If you want to live with more local Panamanians and the culture and all that, I recommend Puerto Armuelles.”
Betsy – “What is life like here for you in Puerto Armuelles?”
“I call it, you gotta create your own life. If you want to go to Starbucks or Macys or something- there is none of that here.
Life is simple.”
Betsy – “What do you usually do during the day?”
“I wake up. Walk to the beach with my dog. Check if there are any waves or not.
If there are waves I go surfing.
If not, I come back home and do whatever. Make my hot chocolate, projects”…
Betsy – “What advice would you give people who are thinking of living in Panama or Puerto Armuelles?”
“Learn some Spanish. I’m still really bad.
It’s their country so respect their customs. Take it as an adventure.”
Betsy – “Thanks Victor.”
“Your welcome. De nada.”